U.S. Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Adjustment Agency
The contribution of the Western range country to the World War II effort: wool, mutton, beef and leather.
The contribution of the western range country to the war effort: wool and mutton, beef and leather. The film shows the western ranges, the sheep and cattle, and the men who spent their lives on these ranges.
Wartime production but this time the theme is meat.
great stock shots of authentic cowboys; buffalo; antelope; black leg vaccine; harvesting hay; barbed wire; grazing livestock; sheep herds; lamb; shearing sheep; a Native American cowboy: John Stands-in-Timber; cattle roundup; cowboys; feedlots of cattle; roping horses; roping calves; branding calves; paratroopers coming out of the sky;
Food for freedom: "the range country's contribution to feeding you and our fighting men."
"Our meat is helping them slam the ships together to slam the Heil out of Hitler."
"I guess you and I won't mind for a while to pass up a sizzling steak now and then in favor of putting plenty of good red meat to the lads in the tanks."
shipbuilding; windmills; weighing beef
July 2, 2010 Subject:
Oh, this is one of my very favorites just for the narration. What a wonderful reading, slowly-paced but very emphatic. There are times where he sounds almost disdainful but it’s so hard to tell what the intent is. Some interesting choices of words, too.
I think my favorite line is:
“You don’t make a top cowhand in a month. No, nor in year either. You sure hate to see one leaving, but Uncle Sam’s got first call ‘em. So, we just look around for what help we can find”.
It takes a really bellicose, overly patriotic turn toward the end though, unfortunately, but it’s still a great joy to watch overall.
July 25, 2003 Subject:
Great title too!
A great looking and narrated (love the narrator twang) about how farmers are so important to the war effort. Some really nice shots of Cowboys herding, bailing and other things that really feels not as artifical as other films of the sort appear to be, As far as the narration is concerned, it sometimes goes overboard asking us to give up a steak or 2 for the hungry boys overseas, but all in all it's quite a informational little film.